The Government and People of Honduras are holding strong!
I really didn't expect this level of resolve, but I'm happy to say that the country is not backing down against pressure to re-install its Hugo Chavez wanna-be dictator Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted from power after attempting to hold a constitution-altering referendum which was deemed illegal by the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Military (who run elections in Honduras).
The military blocked the runways at Tegucigalpa's airport and forced Zelaya's plane to go to El Salvador instead! Yeah!
The Chron printed a heavily biased pro-Communist account from Associated Press, some of which is here...
Already volatile Honduras slid toward greater instability after soldiers blocked an airport runway to keep ousted President Manuel Zelaya from returning, and protests that had remained largely peaceful yielded their first death.
Police and soldiers blanketed the streets of the capital overnight Monday — enforcing a sunset-to-sunrise curfew with batons and metal poles.
The extended curfew added to the tension after a turbulent Sunday that saw soldiers clash with thousands of Zelaya backers who massed at the airport in hopes of welcoming home their deposed leader.
Zelaya's plane, on loan from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (what a shock), arrived to find the runway blocked by military vehicles and soldiers under the command of the government that has ruled this Central American country since Zelaya's ouster last weekend.
Clashes broke out Sunday afternoon between police and soldiers and the huge crowd of Zelaya supporters surrounding Tegucigalpa's international airport. At least one man was killed — shot in the head from inside the airport as people tried to break through a security fence, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene. At least 30 people were treated for injuries, the Red Cross said, after security forces fired warning shots and tear gas.
When Zelaya's plane was turned away, his supporters began chanting "We want blue helmets!" — a reference to U.N. peacekeepers.
Zelaya won wide international support after his ouster, but several presidents who originally were to accompany him decided it was too dangerous to fly on Zelaya's plane, which carried only his close advisers and staff, two journalists from the Venezuela-based network Telesur and U.N. General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, a leftist Nicaraguan priest and former foreign minister (which pretty much shows where the UN is coming from).
Honduras' new government has vowed to arrest Zelaya for 18 alleged criminal acts including treason and failing to implement more than 80 laws approved by Congress since taking office in 2006. Zelaya also refused to comply with a Supreme Court ruling against his planned referendum on whether to hold an assembly to consider changing the constitution.
Critics feared Zelaya might try to extend his rule and cement presidential power in ways similar to what his ally Chavez has done in Venezuela — though Zelaya denied that (but only after he was ousted).
But instead of prosecuting him or trying to defeat him at the ballot box, masked soldiers flew the president out of the country at gunpoint, and Congress installed Micheletti in his place.
All of the American MSM coverage, with the exception of op-eds, has been pro-Zelaya. They tell only one side of the story, that of the Zelaya faithful - mostly poor. Go ahead - try to even find a story in the mainstream media that gives any quotes from the anti-Zelaya forces.
I hope this can be maintained without a full scale war developing. Unlike leftists, I take no great pleasure in seeing people killed for any reason. But this is a bad situation; Chavez has clear imperialist designs on the entire region (check out ALBA if you don't believe me), and Zelaya is clearly Chavez' puppet. If he is allowed back in the country, he will try to become a dictator, and Chavez will no doubt send in troops.
If that happens, what would Jesus... sorry, Obama... do?